We are a boutique executive search firm working closely with both clients and candidates. What really separates us from the rest is our ability to truly listen and fully understand your business, culture and USP, making sure we attract and bring together the perfect union of client and talent. We are experienced recruiters with a wealth of knowledge and success in placing sought-after individuals for businesses in the UK and Europe. We care passionately about the candidate experience and, unlike many recruiters, we see the bigger picture. We are committed to building lasting relationships to bring significant value, not only to the client’s business, but also to the candidate’s career. Our testimonials speak for themselves.
Our pledge to everyone we work with is outlined in The Top Dog Mantra below.
With determination we will carry out first class work, for first class clients, with first class people; be fearless but not reckless in order to help clients and candidates truly achieve their potential.
We are flexible, driven, and obsessed with delivering recruitment campaigns that allow both our clients and candidates to excel.
Everything we recommend is rooted in real insight and experience. Our strategic rigour comes from truly understanding your business, the market you’re operating in, your culture and the type of individuals you are looking to engage.
At the core of our thinking is communication, collaboration and transparency. We tell your story in an authentic way, which brings your company values and career propositions to life.
We measure outcomes, not just outputs, so we can clearly identify how our work is delivering to your business’ reputation and, ultimately, your bottom line. Which is what it’s about, after all.
Phil Whitfield is the award winning Founder and Lead Consultant of Top Dog Executive. His fascination with human relationships and business cultures is particularly useful when tackling recruitment campaigns, matching candidate personalities and skill sets with his clients.
He has placed countless key individuals in both SMEs and leading, global brands for nearly fourteen years, most often within Sales, Marketing, Digital, Category Management, Licensing, Creative and Operations. He believes passionately in long-term relationships with both clients and candidates, and securing lasting placements – not just for Christmas!!
Preferring to work exclusively on senior projects, Phil is always interested in expanding his portfolio into new and challenging industries / sectors.
Phil is proud to say that many of his earliest placements still remain in the same organisations and have continued to progress. He is also the ‘go to’ for many talented business professionals and has one of the strongest networks in the industry.